Texas city council has voted in favour of evicting a beloved cat living in a public library for nearly six years, giving the feline 30 days notice to vacate the premises. The decision has raised massive local and social media protests, with even the Mayor criticizing the council's decision.
The cat named Browser has to find a new home after the City Council ordered his eviction in a 2-to-1 vote that the mayor attributed to City Hall pettiness. Browser was the library's mascot.
Browser has 30 days to vacate the public library in White Settlement, Texas, despite children's petitions and voters' protests.
White Settlement Mayor Ron White was quoted as saying that he blames the gray cat's eviction on pettiness at City Hall because previously, an employee was not allowed to bring in his pet puppy to the library.
“We've had that cat five years, and there's never been a question,“ White said.
Lawmakers took up the cat's fate at a June 14 City Council meeting under an agenda item listed only as “consider relocation of Library Facility cat Browser“.
According to a weekly in White Settlement called the Grizzly Detail, Council member Elzie Clements said this at the meeting:
“City Hall and City businesses are no place for animals,“
The paper said Clements and another lawmaker voted in favour of evicting Browser. Before the vote, eight people from the audience spoke in support of keeping the cat in the library.
Browser became the library's mascot after being adopted from an animal shelter.
The library's web page says the cat's favourite activities include lounging on top of computer keyboards as library patrons try to type on them and attending GED classes.
“This cat has been loved by people of all ages for six years," Lillian Blackburn, president of the Friends of the White Settlement Public Library, was quoted as saying.
“I don't have any animals but this cat is so gentle and so lovable and he brings so much comfort to so many people, it seems a shame to take him away,“ Blackburn said.
(Inputs from PTI)
(All images sourced from Instagram/wslibrary)